Catherine Alves

Catherine Alves
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration | NOAA · Northeast Fisheries Science Center

Ph.D. Ecology

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Introduction
I am a marine ecologist and conservation social scientist. My research interests focus on marine social-ecological systems, coral reef ecology, sustainable fisheries management, and stakeholder engagement. I have worked in Mexico, Belize, and the Northeast United States to combine social science with ecology to inform improved management of marine ecosystems. I value connecting academics, resource managers, and communities to achieve shared conservation objectives.

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Coral decline in the Caribbean is marked by the loss of habitat-forming corals, such as elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata). Elkhorn coral recovery has been isolated and patchy, but recently a “re-sheeting” phenomenon, in which elkhorn tissue grows over standing dead coral skeletons, was observed along the reefs in the Mexican Yucatán peninsula. Littl...
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Overfishing is one of the most severe anthropogenic threats to the world's oceans, marked by widespread degradation of marine food webs and disruption of ecosystem functioning. Global fisheries can be categorized as common-pool resource (CPR) systems because restricting marine resource extraction is extremely challenging, and over-extraction contri...
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Disease, storms, ocean warming, and pollution have caused the mass mortality of reef-building corals across the Caribbean over the last four decades. Subsequently, stony corals have been replaced by macroalgae, bacterial mats, and invertebrates including soft corals and sponges, causing changes to the functioning of Caribbean reef ecosystems. Here...
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Context Coral reef resilience is the product of multiple interacting processes that occur across various interacting scales. This complexity presents challenges for identifying solutions to the ongoing worldwide decline of coral reef ecosystems that are threatened by both local and global human stressors. Objectives We highlight how coral reef res...
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A major challenge facing global fisheries is gaining support for sustainable management, which is vital for ensuring the longevity of coastal resources for livelihood and ecosystem benefits. Territorial User Rights for Fishing (TURFs) have emerged as a possible solution to overfishing by requiring fishers to report their catch, color-code their ves...
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Disease, ocean warming, and pollution have caused catastrophic declines in the cover of living coral on reefs across the Caribbean. Subsequently, reef-building corals have been replaced by invertebrates and macroalgae, leading to changes in ecological functioning. We describe changes in benthic community composition and cover at 15 sites across the...
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Commercial and subsistence fisheries provide livelihoods and fish protein to nearly three billion people annually. This demand has led to overfishing, which disrupts marine ecosystem functioning and threatens fisheries sustainability. Fisheries are some of the most challenging common-pool resource systems (CPRS) for which to develop effective manag...
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A major challenge facing subsistence fisheries is gaining support for sustainable management, ensuring the longevity of coastal resources for livelihood and ecosystem benefits. Territorial User Rights for Fishing (TURFs) have emerged as a possible solution to overfishing by requiring fishers to report their catch, color-code their vessels, and fish...

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